Sent off just 5/1 for the 2019 Derby, Telecaster posted a career-best effort on just his second try of the twelve-furlong distance, landing the Grand Prix de Deauville impressively.
A moment for TV
The feature race in France on Sunday, the Group 2 Grand Prix de Deauville was turned into a procession by British raider Telecaster. Hughie Morrison’s four-year-old put in a sublime performance and he could be called the winner a long way from home.
It was a no nonsense ride from Christophe Soumillon, who take the initiative on the 13/8 favourite from the gates. Leading throughout and always travelling comfortably, Hughie Morrison’s charge burst clear when asked to stretch by Soumillon down the home straight. Winning by six lengths, he also retains his unbeaten record in France.
His first try of the twelve-furlong distance since his Derby disappointment, this success could be the catalyst to even better things for this once highly-touted son of New Approach.
Ed Dunlop’s Red Verdon also took the trip over the Channel and acquitted himself fairly to finish fourth. Winning a Longchamp Group 2 in July, he looked a big danger at the top of the straight but couldn’t go through with his effort. A return to better ground and fourteen furlongs are likely for this seven-year-old.
Doubles for the Brits
Telecaster wasn’t the only winner at Deauville on Sunday for the British contingent. Finishing second on three occasions this term, Breathtaking Look finally got her day for Stuart Williams.
She was a dominant winner of the Prix de Meautry, finding a huge amount for pressure to charge clear in the closing stages. It was a deserved success for a horse banging on the door of pattern level throughout 2020.
Landing the Group 3 Sceptre Stakes last September, her only prior pattern victory, she’s likely to head back to defend her crown next month buoyed by this impressive success.